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Story of a Death Foretold: Pinochet, the CIA and the Coup against Salvador Allende, 11 September 1973 Paperback – 25 Sep 2014

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (25 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408854767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408854761
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 3.2 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author deftly follows two strands - political developments in Chile itself and the global context that rendered a seemingly mild version of Latin American socialism so unpalatable for US government and business interests . He is at his strongest when tracing the social and cultural history of the movement, the "revolution from below" involving "shoemakers, weavers, poets and musicians [and] other areas of social creativity and production, such as factory labour, mural painting and literature" (John Kampfner, Observer)

In Story of a Death Foretold, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera vividly demonstrates the extent of US complicity in the coup that brought Pinochet to power (Observer Books of the Year)

Fascinating. commendable for [its] originality and research (Washington Post)

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The gripping story of the military coup against Salvador Allende, President of Chile - what was at stake and what his legacy means for the world today.

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This isn't your usual book on historical events, the author links far more than just dates and names but explores the very ideology that both America and the ruling class in Chile tried to destroy. Allende was/is far more than just another victim of a coup but he comes across as a vital, engaging human being who looked to change a society. If you are expecting a traditional approach to exploring historical events then you will be disappointed, however if you want more than just a series of dates then this book is for you.
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By S P Mead TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 April 2016
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This book is a narrative and commentary on both the events leading up to, and those immediately following, the coup in Chile in 1973.

This was an important event - and one that ought to receive far more attention than it does. A democratically elected government, acting within the legal confines of the constitution, was overthrow and replaced by a murderous right-wing military dictatorship (backed by the CIA).

Why? Because that government was socialist, led by a Marxist. The US government hated the idea of left-wing regime, and so did whatever was required to get ride of it. The coup and what followed ended democracy for decades, and involved the killing of thousands.

This book explores these events. It's very interesting, and easy to read. Yet it's not the most 'academic' of books. It more like an extended piece of journalism. There's lots of speculation and conjecture. Yes, many facts are presented. But far too much of the book appears to be personal opinion. While I tend to agree with much of this opinion, it nonetheless reduces the quality of this piece of work.

A fascinating book, but somewhat limited in terms of analysis and depth.
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Hard work indeed. This is a book that clearly supports the idea that Nixon and Kissinger were total bastards. Furthermore, that Socialism and Democracy worked under Allende. However, it is so flabby! Could have been half the length and a better read as a result.
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Having read a glowing account of this book elsewhere (the London Review of Books?), I really wanted to like it, but it's written in such an impenetrable style that it was impossible to like or even to read great swathes of it. What I was expecting was a detailed account of the events leading up to the coup against Allende, of the coup itself and its aftermath. This may be buried in Guardiola-Rivera's prose but if it is, I couldn't find it. There's so much philosophical waffle included to obscure the account, and I have to say I thought the book was pretty poor.

One point that's been mentioned elsewhere is the somewhat tin-eared use of English (it was written by Guardiola-Rivera in English rather than being a translation); my favourite is the title of Chapter 1: "Outlaws and Political Cobblers." Actually, I think this is a bit more accurate than the author would have liked...
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I recommend that you do not buy this book.

I did. I was looking forward to an interesting account of an historically important event.

Instead about half of this book features turgid and dense discussion of Chilean history stretching back to the 1800s coupled with tedious analysis of various competing philosophies. Only a willing product of modern academia could transform a story so fascinating and heroic into such a boring book.

Those interested in this subject are - in my opinion - far better advised to read the relevant chapters of Christopher Hitchens' "The Trial of Henry Kissinger".

Amazon delivered this book to me on schedule and in excellent condition.
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